Cater­ham and Marus­sia un­likely to race in 2015

Hopes are fad­ing for the peren­nial back­mark­ers as Marus­sia have their as­sets stripped and Cater­ham fail to find a buyer

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

The chances of the Marus­sia and Cater­ham teams mak­ing it onto the For­mula 1 grid in 2015 are re­duc­ing by the day. As F1 Rac­ing went to press, both were ex­press­ing hope that they would be able to com­pete, but ob­sta­cles to their re­turn are mount­ing rapidly.

The as­sets of the Marus­sia team have been sold by ad­min­is­tra­tors in a se­ries of auc­tions. The rst two we­b­cast auc­tions in­cluded car parts, wheels and mem­o­ra­bilia, while the third in­cluded com­put­ers and in­fra­struc­ture equip­ment. How­ever, the 2014 cars were left out of those auc­tions, to give the team longer to try to put to­gether a res­cue pack­age. Both cars were due to be sold shortly after this is­sue of F1 Rac­ing closed for press.

Cater­ham’s ad­min­is­tra­tors say they are still in talks with three in­ter­ested buy­ers, but the longer the sit­u­a­tion drags on with­out a deal be­ing com­pleted, the less likely it is to hap­pen.

To join the grid at the rst race of the year in Mel­bourne on 15 March, Cater­ham and Marus­sia need the other teams to agree to let them run 2014 cars and en­gines – no de­sign or build­ing work has been done at ei­ther team since Oc­to­ber, when the em­ploy­ees were all laid off. Cater­ham’s were hired back on a one-off ba­sis for the nal race of 2014 in Abu Dhabi.

In the­ory, a team can­not run a 2014 car in 2015 be­cause of the new nose reg­u­la­tions. How­ever, an ex­emp­tion for Cater­ham and Marus­sia was pro­posed and raised no ob­jec­tions at a meet­ing of the rule-mak­ing Strat­egy Group after the end of last sea­son.

It was not voted on at the sub­se­quent meet­ing of the sport’s leg­isla­tive body, the World Mo­tor Sport Coun­cil. How­ever, since there were no ob­jec­tions from the Strat­egy Group, it could be passed by a fax vote at a later date.

Mean­while, the sur­viv­ing teams have been de­bat­ing what could hap­pen to the £37.5mil­lion prize money owed to Marus­sia and Cater­ham should they not sur­vive. There was a pro­posal that this should be split be­tween the bot­tom three teams in the 2014 cham­pi­onship, but no agree­ment was reached.

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